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H. RICHARD (RICHARD HOOKER) HORNBERGER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/05/1990 - HFSID 222700

H. RICHARD HORNBERGER (RICHARD HOOKER) Signed letter from the author and creator of M*A*S*H*, declining to sign copies of the song "Suicide is Painless"--theme from the TV series which he, "had absolutely nothing to do with." Typed letter signed: "H.R. Hornberger" 1p, 8½x11.

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H. RICHARD HORNBERGER (RICHARD HOOKER)
Signed letter from the author and creator of M*A*S*H*, declining to sign copies of the song "Suicide is Painless"--theme from the TV series which he, "had absolutely nothing to do with."
Typed letter signed: "H.R. Hornberger" 1p, 8½x11. Waterville, Maine, October 5, 1990. On his personal letterhead to "Mr. William Stanhope," of New Mexico, In full: "I apologize for the delay in responding to your letter and request. Part of the delay has been due to my uncertainty about what my response should be. Since I had absolutely nothing to do with the song 'Suicide is Painless', I really wouldn't feel right in autographing it and have finally decided that I shouldn't. I am returning the copies of the song to you. I thank you for your nice letter and your best wishes. Very truly yours,". "Suicide is Painless", written by Johnny Mandel and Mike Altman, was used as the theme song for M*A*S*H (1970 movie, 1972-1983 TV series). H. Richard Hornberger (1924-1997), who wrote under the pseudonym Richard Hooker, was an American author and surgeon, most known for his novel MASH (1968). Based on Hornberger's experiences in the Korean War, MASH went on to successfully become a movie in 1970 and one of the most popular shows on television from 1972 to 1983. Hornberger grew up in Trenton, New Jersey and studied at Cornell Medical School. Following his graduation he enlisted in the US Army to serve in the Korean War as a physcian. His experiences at the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital became the basis of MASH. The novel, revised by famed sportswriter W.C. Heinz, took 11 years to complete, and with the success of the show M*A*S*H*, a few sequels were published, but none of them received the same acclaim as the first. Hornberger continued his medical practice throughout the remainder of his life until his retirement, passing away in 1997 of leukemia. Normal mailing folds. Fine condition.

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